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Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School student Josiah Whitehead plays the victim during a video shoot at Confederation College. (Brent Linton)
Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School student Josiah Whitehead plays the victim during a video shoot at Confederation College. (Brent Linton)

Crime-prevention videos featuring Thunder Bay high school students as actors may end up being used in public-service announcements.
“We’ve have had lots of great actors and a lot of great production people,” Thunder Bay Crime Stoppers co-ordinator Const. Julie Tilbury said Sunday as filming continued at Confederation College.
The videos, being made with the assistance of the college’s venerable broadcasting program, are intended to help the city’s high schools develop in-house crime prevention strategies. In one filmed sequence, an 18-year-old aboriginal actor recounts a story about being on the receiving end of a beating because of his race.
“Some of the kids (who are actors) may not have experienced crime themselves, but they see it around them,” said Tilbury.
“It’s the first time we’ve tried something like this, our first kick at the can,” she added. “So we’ve learned a lot and know what we can do differently next year.”
The best videos will be recognized at a video launch and ceremony sometime at the end of March.